'''Johanna Louise Spyri''' (née '''Heusser'''; ; 12 June 1827 – 7 July 1901) was a Switzerland|Swiss
-born author of novels, notably children's stories, and is best known for her book ''Heidi
''. Born in the rural area of Hirzel
, as a child she spent several summer
s in the area around Chur
, the setting she later would use in her novels.